When the 2013 season got underway you would look at this roster for the Jets and hope there would be something good coming out of the defense. Of course with thirteen games already played you are seeing Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon (Snacks) Harrison, Quinton Coples and Kenrick Ellis working well with veterans like Calvin Pace and David Harris that make up that fantastic run defense that has prevented opponents to run the ball.
But as we see some improvement from the defense, the other side of the ball which is the offense is lacking some weapons on the aerial attack. You have heard Mike Francesa on WFAN Radio talking about how the Jets don't strike any fear into the hearts of their opponents, but sadly he has overlooked one player who has been fantastic since his rookie season two years ago.
Jeremy Kerley has been that guy that has helped his quarterback get important grabs on third downs and turned them into first downs or touchdowns to put the Jets on the scoreboard. The thirdrd year man out of TCU so far has totaled 338 yards with three touchdowns and a 43.1 yards per game average this season, but overall in 39 games he has made 117 catches for a grand total of 1,529 yards and six touchdowns.
Last season was a big season for Kerley as the wide receiver corps was severely depleted with Santonio Holmes suffering his Lisfranc injury and Stephen Hill also ending his rookie season early with a knee injury. Kerley showed why he was someone to rely on towards Mark Sanchez last season and now this season for Geno Smith.
All last season Kerley showed he can be relied on for big conversions and touchdowns when he got his number called. But for him there were no veteran receivers there to help him grow into the player he has become all by himself. Yes Braylon Edwards did return late last season, but still it wasn't enough to get Kerley some learning time.
Every review podcast I had done with Rick Laughland, I protested almost every week that it wasn't fair to throw all this responsibility on Kerley's shoulders and the Jets had to get a veteran wide receiver to balance out the aerial attack, but thankfully I was proven wrong as Kerley not only deserves to be a part of this team, but now he truly is a weapon for Geno Smith and the Jets to build around.